monday mess * moments


yes, you’ve likely seen my nightstand before.  i wish it was a something like a stool with one book resting upon it, just so.  then there would be an, industrial like, light attached to the wall and one lone little saying taped up just beside it.  it would be simple, clean and functional.

but instead, this is it.  a bright blue lamp (which i’m starting to tire of), books, magazines, lotions, coffee cups, cold medicine and notebooks).  it’s particularly messy because, last night i decided to skip blogging and take a moment.  i wrestled with this idea.  i had a good post.  but, i also had the knowledge that the coming week was going to be bananas.  a bunch to be exact.  and that maybe, just maybe, sitting down to read an us magazine with some ice cream (ice cream with potato chips in it, i might as well admit) and tea was a moment i needed to take.

i’m not the best at moments.  i think more in weeks and sometimes even in years.  sometimes, the most time i spend in a moment is thinking back on the ones that i cherish or fighting off regret from the ones that i missed.  and, at other times, i find myself taking on more moments than two (my mind wanders).

but, think about this :


“if we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.”  – maria edgeworth

this little quote was on my tea tin last night and it’s been following me around ever since.  it makes sense doesn’t it?

taking care of the moment may look differently for you than it does for me.  and on tuesday, well, it may look totally different than thursday.  taking care of the moment could mean putting all your focus into a project or your work, perhaps putting your phone down while your coloring with your little one or it could mean taking a moment to take care of you or yours.  and yes, there are even moments for dreaming of moments to come.  take those too.

i had no idea that choosing to take a moment last night, to rest (and go to bed on time), would have anything to do with next year, but i think it just might.

are you good at moments?  if you’ve learned to be, i’d love to know more.



  • Lara Coleman
    Commented on September 9th, 2013 at 1:10pm

    I absolutely love this quote. And I actually think that your nightstand is pretty cute! I don’t think I’m that great at moments, but I’m trying. I find that staying present and noticing the small things helps. And also letting yourself off the hook when you don’t! Good luck!

  • Trina
    Commented on September 9th, 2013 at 2:40pm

    why thank you! and yes to all of that! i find i’m so good at letting others off the hook and not so great letting myself off the hook. but here is to trying! xo . t

  • Tracey@chalkboard living
    Commented on September 9th, 2013 at 6:00pm

    Hey Trina,

    You did the right thing. We all need moments. I seem to have more of them than most but in the end i believe it makes you more productive. x

  • Trina
    Commented on September 9th, 2013 at 9:59pm

    i think you are on to something …. the making you more productive bit! hope you are well! xo . t

  • Holly
    Commented on September 10th, 2013 at 10:26am

    This was a lovely post. I am a thinker in terms of years as well, so I need a reminder like this from time to time. Thanks so much for giving to me today ;)

  • Trina
    Commented on September 11th, 2013 at 5:54pm

    sometimes i just have to remind myself – a lot of times, really. xo . t

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